Things that annoy you beyond reason...(Vol 5)

Things that annoy you beyond reason...(Vol 5)

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nonsequitur

8,043 posts

55 months

Thursday 14th March
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yellowjack said:
It's VERY simple. But it relies on drivers slowing down and opening up the space between them and the car in front to allow cars in the closing lane to merge.

Sadly, the reality is everyone pushing forward and bunching up, often to deliberately remove spaces between vehicles.

My simple 'rule of thumb' when merging is to cede priority to any car alongside of me which is level with me or in any way further ahead. So if the front bumper of my car is further back than theirs, I'll back off and open enough space for them to get into "my" lane ahead of me. I expect the same consideration from other drivers too, of course, but don't always get it. But there's no point getting into a pushing and shoving match with that type of driver, because some of them (as shown on youtube, etc) are actually mental enough to drive into you deliberately.

The best one I had was on the A303 just before the hill down to Stonehenge. Some loser was behind me blocking a car alongside me. He'd done it to a couple of cars (which were, admittedly, trying to merge too early). So I let the gap ahead creep up in size, buzzed down my window and beckoned the car that was getting blocked to merge in front of me rather than behind. The "blocker" turned purple with rage, but I just smiled and waved.


T'other ones what annoy me are folk behind me raging about me closing right up to the car in front. Not happening! Many reasons, among them being able to move over for blue lights, but usually because I've spotted a filtering cyclist/motorcyclist in my mirrors and I'm creating a space they can take refuge in if they get caught out in the "wrong" lane. Or I'm avoiding blocking a driveway or business entrance.

Sadly, the vast majority of drivers seem either unable, or unwilling, to look beyond the end of their own bonnet. Hence these selfish attitudes/actions we see on the roads with tedious monotony...
Merging too Early, is there such a thing?
Passing the first warning sign, (300 m.) I indicate and other drivers respond by letting me in. The problem arises when cars try to merge too close to the merge point. This is considered 'pushing in' by some. Hence all the problems highlighted in this and other threads passim.
drivingdriving

DJFish

5,496 posts

202 months

Thursday 14th March
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I just hang well back & let everyone in these days, I just can’t be bothered as I know the queue will just stop further up the road anyway.

What annoyed me beyond reason this morning was this:
I see many many Fiestas every day, not just the one I sit in.
This morning I was behind one and we both had our rear wipers on, but they were timed differently.
At one point they both wiped together, then they wiped at different times, Surely the rear wipers are just on a timer?
If so surely they should all have the same delay, it’s just not good enough.

Frank7

2,445 posts

26 months

Friday 15th March
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Clockwork Cupcake said:
Certainly in situations where there are signs clearly saying "Merge in turn" then people are far more likely to merge in turn. Us "dumb Brits" are almost as good at obeying signs as ze Germans.

I do wonder why you spend so much time on a British website when you hold Brits in such contempt, Frank. You do it a lot.
In retrospect, you’re probably right, thinking about it, I guess that it would seem that way.
I don’t drive very much in U.K., I’m lazy, and sit back and let my beautiful wife take the strain, but when I do take the wheel, I notice that there are a whole slew of dumbos on our roads.
In addition, probably in a throwback to my days of Black Cabbing in the Capital, it was patently obvious that “civilians” were infinitely inferior to us, in road positioning, anticipation, when to accelerate, when to ease back, etc., I certainly saw them as a bloody hindrance.
I do however, drive my wife’s car in Europe, as she’s a tad uncomfortable driving on the right, with a RHD car, and we drive to my relatives in Nord and Pas-de-Calais often.
I get the impression that 90% of drivers in France and Germany exhibit better awareness of what’s going on around them, than their Brit counterparts.
I never “barge” into another lane over there, I wouldn’t do it, and I have no need, other drivers can read what’s going on, and adjust their speed and position accordingly, by accelerating, to create a gap behind them, or taking their foot off the gas, to allow me to merge in front of them.
If it seems that I hold Brits in contempt, I apologise, I don’t dislike them alI, I usually only feel contempt for the ones in football shirts in the Spanish Costas.
I must try to adjust my mind set though, my wife says that I’m becoming a grumpy old man!

Einion Yrth

17,693 posts

183 months

Friday 15th March
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DJFish said:
Surely the rear wipers are just on a timer?
They are, but it's not a very accurate one, it's not really calibrated in any sense and it's quite sensitive to temperature.

talksthetorque

5,711 posts

74 months

Friday 15th March
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Einion Yrth said:
DJFish said:
Surely the rear wipers are just on a timer?
They are, but it's not a very accurate one, it's not really calibrated in any sense and it's quite sensitive to temperature.
PH answer:
Should have worked harder so you could have paid more for the rain sensing intermittent option like the person in front.


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OpulentBob

10,503 posts

119 months

Friday 15th March
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RizzoTheRat said:
fkwits on Amazon. Looking at something where someone has asked what size batteries it requires...2 people have replied to say they don't know rolleyes
They're my favourite things on Amazon. I love the inanity of "Don't know" responses to the questions. To be fair the questions are often as idiotic as the answers. Makes you wonder how people ever coped with buying light bulbs back in the day.

talksthetorque

5,711 posts

74 months

Friday 15th March
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When you are in a hotel room with an adjoining door and next door have gone to breakfast but left the snooze alarm on in the room.

OpulentBob

10,503 posts

119 months

Friday 15th March
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petop said:
So i admit i live in a well to do area.
Oh right wicked, nice one smile

petop said:
Small town with few shops but a Costa Coffee. (Followed by loads of reasons why the town sounds awful)
Oh, you lied frown


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smartypants

38,978 posts

108 months

Friday 15th March
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Sounds like Braintree hehe

V8mate

41,849 posts

128 months

Friday 15th March
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smartypants said:
Sounds like Braintree hehe
That's a low blow!

Langweilig

3,265 posts

150 months

Friday 15th March
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Cyclists who can't grasp the fact that in law, their bicycles are defined as vehicles. Specifically under the Highway Act 1835.

Grahamdub

1,827 posts

82 months

Friday 15th March
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Council tenants expecting the council to replace their fence panels down over by the recent winds. Said tenants are also on benefits with nothing to do all day apart from feign mystery illnesses.

Lemming Train

2,121 posts

11 months

Friday 15th March
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Grahamdub said:
Council tenants expecting the council to replace their fence panels down over by the recent winds. Said tenants are also on benefits with nothing to do all day apart from feign mystery illnesses.
Will said council tenants be receiving financial compensation by way of a reduction in their rent (for example) for fixing the council's property? No, thought not. wink

Clockwork Cupcake

59,053 posts

211 months

Friday 15th March
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"Wrong number" callers who hang up without a word once they realise they have the wrong number, rather than apologising for bothering you.


V8mate

41,849 posts

128 months

Friday 15th March
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Clockwork Cupcake said:
"Wrong number" callers who hang up without a word once they realise they have the wrong number, rather than apologising for bothering you.
They're more usually scammy salesforce calls testing numbers.

Clockwork Cupcake

59,053 posts

211 months

Friday 15th March
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V8mate said:
They're more usually scammy salesforce calls testing numbers.
This one sounded like a befuddled older gentleman.

It went something like this:
Me: "Hello?"
Him: "Hello?"
Me: "Hello"
Him: (pause).. grunt... hangs up

Caller ID showed a mobile number. I resisted the temptation to phone him back and tell him he was a rude sod.


captain_cynic

4,383 posts

34 months

Friday 15th March
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V8mate said:
They're more usually scammy salesforce calls testing numbers.
So much of a problem in my office that we've just stopped answering calls from numbers we don't recognise.

In fact most people's phones are on silent or DND.

The ones that really annoy me are the ones that think they can bluff their way past...
"Could you please put me through to the IT Manager".
"As soon as you tell me his name"...
"John.."
erm no. and hang up.

A fun thing to do with work experience kids, see how long they can keep the sales idiot on the phone by pretending to be the director of IT. Our record was 47 minutes but that kid had a voice several octaves lower than his age suggested possible.

theplayingmantis

1,773 posts

21 months

Friday 15th March
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nonsequitur said:
. The problem arises when cars try to merge too close to the merge point.

drivingdriving
makes no sense...either its the merge point or it isn't?!

if they want you to merge further back they would have the road closed further back.

just because lots of drivers are completely unaware of the road situation, will blindly join a queue of stationary cars for no reason, and be happy to sit pointlessly in a queue until they get angry when someone who actually pays attention, reads the road and understands how roads are meant to be used, does the correct thing and uses all the road that is meant to be used doesn't mean people should not merge at the actual merge point!


thebigmacmoomin

2,018 posts

108 months

Friday 15th March
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DJFish said:
I just hang well back & let everyone in these days, I just can’t be bothered as I know the queue will just stop further up the road anyway.

What annoyed me beyond reason this morning was this:
I see many many Fiestas every day, not just the one I sit in.
This morning I was behind one and we both had our rear wipers on, but they were timed differently.
At one point they both wiped together, then they wiped at different times, Surely the rear wipers are just on a timer?
If so surely they should all have the same delay, it’s just not good enough.
Are they different to the front that you can change the speed of them

Grahamdub

1,827 posts

82 months

Friday 15th March
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Lemming Train said:
Grahamdub said:
Council tenants expecting the council to replace their fence panels blown over by the recent winds. Said tenants are also on benefits with nothing to do all day apart from feign mystery illnesses.
Will said council tenants be receiving financial compensation by way of a reduction in their rent (for example) for fixing the council's property? No, thought not. wink
The council have helpfully pointed her at a list of things they don't cover. Repairing and maintaining fences is on there. It's still their fault though obvs.